The minister of transport Dzifa Attivor, tendered in her resignation and it’s been accepted by the President John Dramani Mahama.
A statement issued in Accra on Wednesday and signed by the Minister’s personal assistant confirmed her resignation and thanked Ghanaians for their support through her years at the helm.
Ms Attivor’s resignation comes in the wake of a huge public outcry against her ministry and government over allegations of financial misappropriation involving the rebranding of 116 Metro Mass Transit buses which cost the Ghanaian taxpayer some GH¢ 3.6 million.
Her ministry oversaw the award and execution of the contract which was undertaken by Smarttys Management and Production, a company owned by actress and television hostess Selassie Ibrahim, who is a known sympathizer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), having been spotted together with John Dumelo and Papa Nii on the campaign platform of President John Dramani Mahama, during his recent ‘Changing Lives Tour’ of the Volta Region.
A pro-forma invoice of the alleged dubious contract captured the cost of rebranding each bus at GH¢ 30,420, a revelation which got the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah to order the Attorney General to probe the contract and report to him on it.
However, before the Attorney General could present her report on December 22, a group of Ghanaians had taken the government to court over the mess and want the millions of cedis that has gone down the drain recovered.
Many Ghanaians have also wondered as to how on earth a simple contract of rebranding commercial buses could cost that much and why the government decided to spend scarce Ghanaian resources to get the buses branded with the faces of the current and past presidents, rather than selling the spaces to advertisers who would clamour to buy and showcase their products on the buses.
Ghana’s president in a statement signed by presidential staffer Stan Dogbe, has accepted Ms Attivor’s resignation.
Below is a copy of the statement……..
President John Mahama has accepted the resignation of Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor as Minister for Transport.
Her resignation follows concerns raised over a contract to spray and brand 116 new buses procured by government to improve transportation in the country’s major cities.
Flagstaff House Communications Bureau
Office of the President